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ByTom Bailey

The Parting Glass by Red Ladder Theatre Company

Arts & Minds, Inkwell Arts and Feel Good Factor have joined together with Red Ladder to bring you this very special event!
A performance exploring mental health, masculinity and human connection in a social media-obsessed world.
The Parting Glass
Tuesday 15th October, Doors 6pm, show starts at 7pm
Inkwell Arts, 31 Potternewton Lane, Leeds, LS7 3LW
The Parting Glass is a new play by Leeds-based playwright Chris O’Connor for Red Ladder Theatre Company. During an intimate and witty performance, audiences are invited to join spirited Leeds lass Sara at a special gathering she has organised; and Jim, a funny and charming lad who tells us his story down the pub over a pint. They seem like the perfect match, but is all as it appears? Red Ladder’s new production examines mental health and the culture of silence that can prevent men from opening up about their experiences. It will tour to Leeds, Wakefield and Barnsley from September as part of Red Ladder Local which takes exceptional new writing into the heart of communities, in non-theatre spaces including pubs, social clubs and community centres.

Red Ladder’s Artistic Director, Rod Dixon, says “We’ve seen from touring The Life And Soul that theatre has an important and powerful role in addressing social issues, and promoting discussion – the lack of which is a major issue surrounding men’s mental health. As well as being an entertaining night out, The Parting Glass allows us to engage with a wide variety of people in their own local environments, encouraging dialogue in an informal, entertaining and safe way and helping to break down the barriers that can prevent men from opening up about their mental health.”

The Parting Glass is a development of The Life and Soul, a short one-man play which Red Ladder has been touring since 2016, and was written by Chris O’Connor following a period of ill mental health. It has been developed with funding from Leeds City Council, through Leeds Community Foundation and performances will be accompanied by a pre-show evening meal and a post-show Q&A, facilitated by a Leeds Mind mental health specialist. Leeds actor Tom Swift makes his professional debut as Jim and Huddersfield’s Alyce Liburd plays Sara.

Ticket Price includes a vegetarian meal, to be served at 6pm. Show starts at 7pm.

Tickets are £5.98 and are available at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/parting-glass-red-ladder-theatre-company-tickets-74474694817

You can pick up tickets HALF PRICE if you go to Inkwell Arts in person (in advance) and pay cash!

ByTom Bailey

Autumn Newsletter

Our Autumn newsletter is ready to download here: AUTUMN 2019

It’s jam-packed with information about courses, events, workshops and other opportunities happening in Leeds over the next couple of months, including:

STAND – writing/ music workshop at the Tetley on 27th September

Bringing it all Back Home – gig at Wharf Chambers on September 28th

It’s Our Minds Our Future – spoken word event at LS6 Cafe on October 10th

The Parting Glass – play at Inkwell on October 14th

…and much more!

Also featuring an extended MEMBER’S ZONE – where our members tell you about their artwork and what creative things they do.

Check it out!





ByTom Bailey

September with Arts & Minds

This autumn we’ve got a couple of events we’d love to see you at…

Connect & Create – Monday September 2nd

Arts & Minds at the Henry Moore Institute – Tuesday September 17th


Connect & Create

A chance to regroup after the summer. Meet other Arts & Minds members and be creative. Drink free tea and coffee. Share your artwork. Make a Mindful Mandala with Amelia. Help plan an Arts & Minds event.

Connect & Create runs monthly at The Tetley and is for Arts & Minds members. Arts & Minds exists to support creative people with mental health issues. If you’re not a member, don’t worry, we’ll give you information about the network when you get here. The meeting is free.

We meet in the learning studio on Floor 2.

Connect & Create

Monday 2nd September, 2pm – 4pm

The Tetley, Hunslet Rd, Leeds. 


Arts & Minds at the Henry Moore Institute

The Arts & Minds autumn event! We are delighted that Henry Moore Institute is welcoming Arts & Minds members into their lovely space. It’s great timing too – we will be connecting in with the Yorkshire Sculpture International

There will be:

– exhibition tours
– creative workshops
– free tea and coffee

We’ll publish loads more information soon – but get the date in your diary now.

Arts & Minds at the Henry Moore Institute

74 The Headrow, LS1 3AH Leeds

Tuesday 17th September, 1 – 4pm

ByTom Bailey

Arts & Minds Grants 2019

Every year Arts & Minds awards grants to LYPFT NHS services to do high quality arts projects. The idea is to help make mental health servives more creative. All the projects will encourage people with serious mental health issues to express themselves through different art forms. Most of the projects were based on ideas from the people using the services. Last week we met to award the grants to the brilliant staff who had encoraged people to get ideas and applied for the grants. Thank you to Peter Johnstone from LYPFT who presented the awards.

The arts projects will start very soon but here’s a summary of what’s going to happen:

Printmaking at the National Inpatient Centre for Psychological Medicine.
The NICPM will work with Swarthmore to run print workshop. The group will make all sorts of things, including tote bags, t-shirts and more.

Music at the Mother & Baby Unit. 
Mothers and their babies will work with the brilliant “Made with Music” to do just that – make music!

Digital Interactive Art at dementia wards at the Mount. 
People with dementia and their carers will work with Invisible Flock to use the latest digital technology to make artwork.

Tree of Hope at Parkside Lodge.
People with learning disabilties who also have mental health issues will make a Tree of Hope to display in the unit. Artist Kerri Butterworth will help staff use iPads to make them easy to use for people with LD.

Film making at York CAMHS
Young people attending CAMHS will work with artists from Accessible Arts & Media to produce a short film or stop-motion animation based around well-being.

Look out for more updates as the projects start and people begin to make art!

ByTom Bailey

Love Arts: The Future

You might be aware that we’re not running a Love Arts Festival in 2019. We’re taking a year off to reflect and work out what next for Love Arts.

Some of you came to the excellent Think-In in January. For those of you who didn’t, we want to make sure we listen to your ideas. So we are inviting everyone to tell us their thoughts via a Survey Monkey:


You can keep updated on what’s going on by checking out the Love Arts blog, where you’ll see a selection of images that sum up some of the things that were said at the Think In.


We’re having another Think In in March – we’ll let you know all about it soon.


ByTom Bailey

Spring Newletter

Spring is here!

The sun’s out, finally. So we think it’s time to think about showing a light on your artwork. There are two exhibitions happening over the next couple of months, the details of which you can find in the current newsletter. Check it out here:


There’s also information about all the latest things going on in Leeds around creativity and mental well-being.

We hope you find something of interest!



Linda, Tom & Jane.


ByTom Bailey

Connect & Create

We’ve started a new monthly meet up!

Connect & Create meets on the first Monday afternoon of every month at the Tetley. The aim is to get together with other like-minded, creative people. We want you to share ideas, be artistic, and find out about all the great things going on in Leeds.

Every month we’ll have:

Sharing – a chance for you to bring along a piece of artwork or some writing – or a song or a dance and share it with an enthusiastic group of Arts & Minds members

Discussion – we’ll choose an important topic and gather a group to talk about it. It could be a new idea, or an event that’s coming up we need help with – or something completely different.

Creative Space – every month a new volunteer will try out a different creative workshop. No skills necessary, just have a go.

We’ll also have the Arts & Minds team on hand to answer your questions, and plenty of leaflets and brochures with information on lots of different things going on. It’s ideal for people who’ve never been to an Arts & Minds event before – you can find out all about what we do. And we particularly welcome people who’ve had experience of mental health issues.

Join us on

Monday August 6th / September 3rd/ October 1st / November 5th/ December 3rd

Connect & Create

Monday Afternoons, 2 – 4pm

The Learning Studio on Floor 2

The Tetley

Hunslet Road


LS10 1JQ


Culture Club

The Culture Club is for people who want to see shows, plays, exhibitions, art events and more – with a friendly group. The group meets every month to decide what to see and book tickets. And there are lots of things to see and do. We get cheap Opera tickets, reduced price theatre tickets and lots more special offers.

The Culture Club goes to lots of cultural events every month. It is run by volunteers.

Every month we produce the Culture Club Listings, which the volunteer sends out by email.


Meeting 2nd Monday of every month, 5pm – 7pm


John Lewis Community Meeting Room

John Lewis

4th Floor (near the haberdashery department)

Victoria Gate, Harewood St, Leeds LS2 7AR


Free for meetings – but plays, shows cost as necessary.


Telephone: 0113 2623128
Email: [email protected]


ByTom Bailey


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Instrumental is a monthly gig night at Inkwell Arts, run by Cloth Cat, Dave Lynch (an Arts & Minds member) and Inkwell.

Every month the team select the best local music acts to perform in the beautiful space. All the proceeds from the door go to paying for music projects in mental health services in Leeds.

For all the latest information on which acts are playing, please check out the Cloth Cat Facebook Page.

The Venue

Inkwell is a beautiful arts centre converted from the Old Shoulder of Mutton Pub in LS7. The main gallery space is converted into an evening venue with fairy lights, fully functioning bar and ample seating. Audiences can enjoy music close up or from the comfort of the lovely large patio. The bar is stocked with local real ale and other tasty treats and bar snacks.

Where the money goes

All the money from the door goes to paying for art workshops at in-patient mental health hospitals in Leeds, reaching people in serious need of a dose of creativity. A series of music workshops recently occurred at the Newsam Centre in Seacroft. Money made on the bar helps Inkwell keep going as an arts venue, providing art classes and other creative activities and a safe welcoming space for people experiencing mental health difficulties to flourish.

Brief History

Instrumental is a collaboration between Arts & Minds and Cloth Cat. It started in 2011 when Dave Lynch had an idea for ‘one big gig’. Since then, Instrumental have put on gigs at the Swarthmore Centre, at Leeds University and at Oxjam, busked in Trinity Shopping Centre, run song writing workshops and hosted a mini music festival! The partnership with Inkwell has run for 2 years.

The Acts

A huge range of Leeds-based acts play at Instrumental: from singer songwriters to well established bands. Some recent highlights include The Roman Empire, Steph Stephenson, Miranda Arieh, Dylan Brierley, Georgette Hilton and Eclectic Sparks. At every gig we try to feature performers who have had personal experience of mental health issues. We are always looking for acts! If you want to perform please email [email protected]